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  1. Criticism in the age of TikTok - YouTube

    I enjoyed this video essay about how young people use video, on TikTok etc., both for the content and the form. (via @mildlydiverting)

  2. My Must-Have Apps, 2019 Edition - MacStories

    There are so many “best apps” articles but Federico Viticci’s has lots I hadn’t heard of that sound interesting, and shows a lot of thought. (via Michael Tsai)

  3. Draw all roads in a city at once

    More beautiful and interesting than I expected. Also, it maps counties, towns, villages, etc.

  4. All – Tiny Helpers

    Loads of websites that each do one useful thing for web designers and developers. (via Waxy)

  5. Your own hosted blog, the easy, free, open way

    How to host a blog on GitHub Pages, doing all creating, writing, editing, uploading on the GitHub website. (via Simon Willison and Waxy)

  6. OpenStreetMap Haiku

    Very nice. Little poems using OSM data, the time of day and the current weather. Feels like just the start. (via Imperica)

  7. Vaughan Oliver’s Invitation to Decode

    ‘I’ve got clients who ask, “How can we have that now?” I say, “We don’t have that now. It builds with time; it also builds with the quality of the product.”’

  8. CHAMBER OF HORRORS – The King’s Shilling

    A collection of awful recruitment ads and similar.

  9. Running in 2019 - Simon Wilson

    A lovely post about running and being good to yourself. (via @benterrett)

  10. For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity - StarTribune.com

    I reckon this is useful for analogies with technologies other than tractors. (via @slavin_fpo)

  11. What do you call the parts of a story? Or: why can’t journalists spell “lead”? · The Ethically-Trained Programmer

    More interesting than lede vs lead which, oddly, doesn’t even come up, except in a comment. (via Simon Willison)

  12. A short history of body copy sizes on the Web

    I would like more histories of specific features of web design over the decades. (via Adactio)

  13. The twenty tens: my lucky decade – Matt Edgar writes here

    If you’re looking for inspiration for how to think about your work/life over the next decade, this look back on Matt’s 2010s is lovely. (via @gilest)

  14. my favorite posts of the decade — Ask a Manager

    Lots of good stuff, both oh-my-god-amazing and very useful.

  15. Overload and isolation: the decade that warped popular culture | Culture | The Guardian

    Simon Reynolds. “Slowly but surely, streaming is killing the idea of a mainstream. … Occasionally, your streaming selection will coincide with large numbers of other people – the waning flickers of the monoculture drawing you all to the same spot.”

  16. The Vanilla JS Toolkit

    A nice collection of JavaScript methods, plugins, etc that don’t require any extra frameworks or libraries.

  17. Domestic Cozy: 9

    High Peasant (Boomers), Premium Mediocre (Millennials), Domestic Cozy (Gen Z), Favela Chic (Gen X). From a low cost vs private pleasure 2x2.

  18. Free for developers

    “This is a list of software (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.) and other offerings that have free tiers for developers.” (via Simon Willison)

  19. Instant Class – Popula

    A nice piece on British coffee and class signifiers. (via Mark Hurrell)

  20. This Page is Designed to Last: A Manifesto for Preserving Content on the Web

    On making simple websites to last a minimum of ten years. (via Adactio)

  21. The Online Photographer: Best Film Cameras for Newbies

    Re “Mike’s Comment” below the cameras, I bet there’s a similar sweet spot in the development of most technologies – cars, computers, others that don’t start with “c” – and that it should have a name.

  22. ‘Boomerspeak’ Is Now Available for Your Parodying Pleasure | WIRED

    Fascinating. I use ellipses a lot myself but I don’t think I use them as randomly, or to end messages, as much as some older people seem to. Which comes across as passive aggressive apparently… (via Waxy)

  23. Batch Notes. No.3 — Paynter Jacket Co.

    I enjoy these notes covering the thinking, planning, testing and making of their jackets.

  24. Said the Gramophone: Best Songs of 2019

    A highlight of every year since 2005.

  25. Do One Thing Well List 2019 - Hiut Denim Co - Medium

    Lots of very nice things, if you’re stuck for Christmas gifts for someone in this particular demographic.

  26. I Found A Drain And Drained A Flooded Street During A Storm | MetaFilter

    “A person going by the name post 10 clears blocked storm drains and posts unexpectedly satisfying videos of doing so to YouTube.” Very satisfying.

  27. Build your own React

    I’ve only read a bit of this but aside from what seems like an interesting article, it’s a lovely example of going step-by-step through writing some code. (via @RandomEtc)

  28. My Python Development Environment, 2020 Edition | Jacob Kaplan-Moss

    As the previous edition, interesting. I’ll stick with pipenv instead of poetry for now, as I’m happy with it. I should use pipx but not sure how to go from my current mess to that. (via Simon Willison)